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Monthly Newsletter

December 2012 Volume 3 Issue 12

Manifesto of the Poor: Solutions Come From Below
By Francisco Van der Hoff Boersma
Francisco Van der Hoff is a Dutch worker-priest who earned doctorates in economics and theology.

Just Us! Centre for Small Farms


the first English translation of Father Francisco’s best selling book, previously printed in French, Spanish and Italian. Unofficially adopted by the
Occupy movements worldwide. $12.95

All proceeds in support of Just Us! Centre for Small Farms projects with our farmer-partners in the Global South. Advance praise for Manifesto of the Poor:

Clarence’s Café
Now Open in Windsor! Visit our newest location located in the Fort Edward Mall in Windsor.

“The ‘little yellow book’ is a charter for the 99% who are looking to create an alternative world in which inclusive communities of people are interconnected, valued, and celebrated. Using models of fair trade and small-scale organic farming, Father Frans shows that we can

‘give human beings back their humanity and give the earth back its sacredness’.”

Av Singh Chair in Small Farm Sustainability, Just Us! Centre for Small-Farms

“… Creating living economies as part of Earth Democracy is not just possible; it has become necessary for peace, justice and sustainability”

Vandana Shiva Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, Ecofeminist, and author

“The Manifesto of the Poor is a very timely and an urgently need- ed example of development from the bottom up. It gives us the history and thinking behind the fair trade movement by one of its founders, Francisco Van der Hoff.”

Jeff Moore, Co-Founder, Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op

“…He’s equally straightforward in demanding respect and a fair deal for peasants and marginalized people. If you’re not

sure there is anything you can or should do to help, read this book. It will erase your doubt and rewrite your shopping list.”

Nettie Wiebe organic farmer and Professor of Ethics at the University of Saskatchewan, former National Farmers Union president and founding member of La Via Campesina

If you are thinking one year head

sow a seed.
If you are thinking 10 years ahead plant a tree.
If you are thinking 100 years ahead educate the people.
By sowing a seed you will harvest once.
By planting a tree you will harvest 10 fold.
By training the people you will harvest 100 fold.

This year’s Just Us! calendar will be available soon. This year our focus is on food and farmers and we hope everyone will enjoy the beautiful photos taken by staff and
friends. It’s great to see
the many photos from the
Just Food! Farm and watch
the amazing growth over
the last year.

“Father Frans’ Manifesto is forged in the Deep Mexico of Tehuantepec’s indigenous communities. His trenchant insights on global capitalism and his passionate call for social justice are grounded in the praxis of the original fair trade movements.”

Eric Holt-Gimenez Executive Director of Food First, and author of Food Movements Unite! and Food Rebellions (with Raj Patel)

Jesus Christ Superstar Event Just Us! is presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s newly staged production of the rock opera sensation Jesus Christ Superstar. Experience it on the big screen, direct from the stage in London, England to the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville on Dec. 28th.
The show originally opened in the West End in 1972 and has been reimagined to capture today’s audiences but still has the classic musical numbers that you are sure to remember and love. Tickets are available at our Wolfville Coffeehouse—$19.95 for adults and $14.95 for students and seniors. All funds raised from this event will go towards the Acadia Cinema Building fund, helping our community preserve and enhance this beautiful local building.

Amazing Progress down on the Farm

Sales and Marketing Corner Facebook—257 new followers this month Twitter—257 new followers this month

  •   We have 41 new mail order customers

    and 14 new wholesale customers
     Ugly Mug Café & Emporium, Sydney, NS

    •   Sobey’s Caraquet, NB
    •   Mondragon Bookstore & Café,


    •   Roseway Medical Clinic
    •   Queen’s University Oxfam Fair Trade

      Co-operative in Kingston, ON

    •   Alcheme Botanicals, Napan, NB
    •   Bridge Brewery, Halifax
    •   Been There Gifts, Dieppe, NB
    •   Sacred Heart School, Halifax
    •   St. Margaret’s Church, Toronto
    •   The Wooden Monkey, Dartmouth
    •   Language and Literacy
  •   Acadia Craft Fair went amazingly well. HUGE thanks goes out to our staff for all their hard work. It takes a lot to pull off events like these and we did so in style.
  •   In November, Just Us! was represented at the ACORN Conference, promoting Just Us! along with ECO Milk! We also participated in the Valley Tea Festival and Pete’s 20 Years of Yum! On Nov 1 CTV’s Live @ 5 crew came to our Grand Pré Coffeehouse and filmed a feature on tea for the Festival.

    “Each person, group or organization working towards a different goal may seem powerless and insignificant – but all of them together add up to a force that can become irresistible.” – David Suzuki A poll conducted this month found that 88% of Canadians want the environment protected, even if it slows economic growth!
    Just yesterday, we celebrated a major victory. Thanks to public pressure, some of Southern Ontario’s very best agricultural land has been saved from becoming a massive industrial mega quarry.

Try this delicious recipe for your Christmas baking using Fair Trade products Double Chocolate Cookies

1-1/3 cup butter, well softened or lightly melted

2 cups Just Us! Organic Sugar

2 free-range eggs, beaten

1 Tbsp Fair Trade Organic Vanilla extract (Frontier Co-op makes one)

3 cups Speerville Whole White Flour 3/4 cups Cocoa Camino Cocoa powder 1 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp Salt

1 cup Just Us! White Couverture, broken to 1cm cubes or smaller

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Add beaten eggs & vanilla, mix until evenly blended
3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa, soda & salt

4. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix evenly

  1. Add chunked chocolate and mix evenly
  2. Roll into ping-pong sized balls and bake

on ungreased cookie sheet for 15-20

minutes, depending on oven. Cookies should be soft and slightly chewy.

The members passed a motion in November to proceed with building the Centre for Small Farms. We need to go by almost hourly to take pictures as the progress has been amazing, as you can see, but you can already get a sense of wonderful things to come.
We look forward to having our regular contractors from Nick Pratt and Apple Valley Builders, Kenny Sharp and Son Contactors, DLC Electrical and M&M Plumbing and Heating around over the next few months as progress continues.

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